Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, Dr. Patrick Lavo and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Shelley Visconte (Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT) hosts the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

 Sickle cells in human blood - both normal red blood cells and sickle-shaped cells are present.
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Airs Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 6 p.m. September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. On this episode of Health Matters, Dr. Patrick Lavo talks about Sickle Cell Disease with Dr. Poornim Ramadas, Hematologist/Oncologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, and Dr. Richard Mansour Hematologist/Oncologist and Professor of Medicine, Program Director of Hematology/Oncology Fellowship LSU Health.

Auguste Deter. Alois Alzheimer's patient in November 1901, first described patient with Alzheimer's Disease.
Unknown author / This work is in the public domain because it was first published in Germany before 1 July 1909.

  Airs Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. In 2020, 5.8 million people were living with Alzheimer’s disease. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Randall Brewer, will be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow, Professor of Neurology and Director of Center for Brain Health at LSU Health Shreveport, and Paulette Freeman, Executive Director of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center to talk about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and the latest research.

Coronavirus image
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Airs Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. Information about COVID-19 and COVID vaccines is all over the Internet, and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will host as we talk about Myths and Misconceptions About COVID-19, COVID Vaccines and Treatments, as well as share some of the latest updates Guests will be Dr. Martha Whyte, Regional Medical Director at Louisiana Office of Public Health; Dr. John Vanchiere, Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease Specialist at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. Andrew Yurochko, Professor and Vice Chairman, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, and Director, Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats, LSU Health Shreveport.

Doctor holding patient's hand before surgery
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Airs Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6 p.m. Gynecologic cancers do not receive the press that some other types of cancer receive, but talking about them can save the lives of women. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by gynecologic oncologist Dr. Destin Black, Dr. Maxwell McDonald, medical oncologist, and Dr. Lane Rosen, radiation oncologist, all with Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about gynecologic cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. This is a Repeat Broadcast and phone calls will not be taken.

Apricot flowers in the spring
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Airs Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 6 p.m. Allergic symptoms can range from mild to life threatening. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will be joined by Dr. Caroline Caperton, with WK Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Center in Shreveport, to talk about the latest in allergy testing and treatments. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Human eye
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Airs Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 6 p.m. Host Kermit Poling will talk about eye health with Dr. James Lusk and Dr. Bryan Lusk of Lusk Eye Specialists in Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

Airs Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. Host Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Doreen McGaffey, Licensed Professional Counselor, to talk about the signs and treatments of chronic mental illness. This is a repeat broadcast and no phone calls will be taken.

Call to Mind
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Airs Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6 p.m. Program 2: Reinventing the Future of Mental Health Care. Preventative mental health care is effective and can prevent early symptoms from becoming chronic illnesses. What will it take to reform the nation’s care systems and policies so that people get the wholistic care they need to prevent a crisis?

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (pink), morning glory (mint green), hollyhock (yellow), lily (dark green), primrose (red) and castor bean (light green). The image is magnified some x500.
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Airs Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. It's spring time. The trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and yellow pollen is everywhere, much to the dismay of allergy sufferers. On this edition of Health Matters Dr. Patrick Lavo will host and the show features Dr. David Kaufman, pediatric allergist and immunologist with LSU Health Shreveport will talk about the latest treatments for allergies and asthma. 

Airs Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 6 p.m. Our Mental Health Crisis, By Design. America’s mental health system is designed to deliver too little care, too late. Current policy and care systems devote the most resources to treating people in crisis, but provider and bed shortages remain common. How are people still finding ways to connect with help?